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apiculture  n. beekeeping

apiarist n. one who keeps bees

apiary n.  a place where bees are kept

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Winter Programme


All meetings are held at Whiddon Down Village Hall, EX20 2QT and start at 7.30.

Thursday, October 12th.  A talk by Ken Edwards entitled, "What our bees are telling us".


November 9th, Branch AGM with bring and share supper.


December14th Film night ‘My Friend the Beekeeper’ An interesting short film from Slovenia (subtitled with English commentary)


January 11th  West Country Buzz: A talk about bumblebees in a farmed landscape from Cathy Horsley of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.


February 8th  ‘Swarming and how to cope’. An inhouse workshop run by the members.


March 8th  A two part programme. Neil Lamey on the use of the nuc box followed by the latest news on the Asian Hornet and a workshop to make a trap. By the end of the session we hope for you to leave with at least one trap.


April  Annual dinner, date to be arranged.




For further details contact Simon O’Sullivan on 01363 82838 or Margaret Harris on 01363  776873 margaretharris@phonecoop.coop


Not a member?


 Non-members are welcome to come along to any of our winter meetings; just turn up and introduce yourself.  The Village Hall in Whiddon Down is on the road exiting the A30 in the direction of Moretonhampstead.  The Village Hall is next to the Post Inn pub and there is a good-sized car-park.

If you are considering taking up beekeeping and want to see what it's like to work with live bees then you will be welcome at an apiary meeting. However, you will need to contact us beforehand so we can arrange for suitable protective clothing to be provided

Apiary Meetings


Okehampton branch doesn't have its own apiary so our summer meetings are held at members apiaries. One advantage of this is that meetings are held all over our area so there should be a meeting nearby to all members at some time during the summer. Another advantage is that we get to see different styles of beekeeping in action.